Armandos

4.8
767 reviews
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Mexican
Armando Palacios and his eponymous restaurant of Mexican fare with "The Margarita"! Located centrally in the River Oaks section of Houston, Armandos engulfs you in an environment reminiscent of early 20th century Mexico City fine dining. Come and experience what it was like in Spanish & French colonial Mexico and dine on Armando’s family recipes. With its goldenrod and wood-paneled walls, intimate lighting, and a serendipitous selection of grand mirrors, Armandos provides a wonderful backdrop for sharing a wonderful evening with one or many. Great. Mexican. Bistro.
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TE
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our all time fav!

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a
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armando's has become one of our "must visit" restaurants in Houston when we come in for the US Men's Clay Court Championship at River Oaks CC. The food is wonderful and so is the service. This visit Jorge convinced us to try the chocolate brownie and the churros for dessert. Out of this world!!

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Service was great! We all loved the Salsa- both red & green! The guacamole was as it should be, very fresh and pure not a lot of extras added.

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S
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was our first time there and it was a friend's birthday. Our server got some drink orders wrong and when we ordered a large and small Queso Flameado for the table, they brought out only one order and when we asked the server where the other order was, he just said they are bring it now. The food ok, but very disappointing.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect!

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MH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love Armando's. I liked seeing Mr Palacios there on Thursday. We had an early reservation, 6:30. My friends and I like to dine early, then go home. We are chronologically gifted ladies, friends for 30 years. Armando's is perfect for us. Dining early, the noise level is fine. I gave you category 'noise level' a non-perfect rating because by the time we were in our last 20 minutes, the noise level was very high. I think that is fine for the restaurant at that late hour.

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CP
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal tonight, celebrating my Mom’s 94th birthday! Our waiter was so attentive and responsive. The food was great, and the drinks were wonderful. We all had a good time and will definitely go back.

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B
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My college roommate was in town for a meeting from New York. He was totally blown away by the food and the service. I knew that it was typical for this extraordinary restaurant. My little girl loved the refritos I brought home. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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PS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, My wife is still raving about the Surf and Turf. Everything was wonderful.

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MA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armandos has excellent service and exceptional Mexican dishes with a great variety to choose from. The decor and ambiance all add to a great night out! It is our family’s first choice for a delicious night out!!!

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in Houston. Hands down. Great ambiance if you are looking for an upscale Mexican vibe in River Oaks/ Upper Kirby area. Also, service is wonderful too.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! I had a great time!

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GT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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k
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my first time dining at Armandos. The food was outstanding and the margaritas were strong :-)
It was very loud and hard to visit with my mom but overall we really enjoyed our visit.

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P
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Nick, was GREAT, we had a great service, my food and beverages were perfect, and we had a great table. Loved the girls at the door too.

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MC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were able to get an early reservation at the last minute and had a great time. The service is impeccable. The food is fantastic and a good value. The bar has a great selection of specialty drinks along with good old stand bys..

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B
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’m hoping this was a bump in the road, because we have been to Armando’s dozens of times over the years, dating back to when he operated out of a little house on Shepherd. This time, I ordered Carne Guisada, a traditional Mexican stew, and well, he should just take this item off the menu. It is not good. My wife’s steak and crab cake combo was good (she liked her steak, and I had the crab cake, and it was pretty good). The rest of the meal was good enough. Service was good as always.

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined early, at 5:00, so for about an hour we had the place to ourselves. We received amazing service, but we also recognized they were in set up mode for the larger expected crowd to come. I could not believe how much effort the staff put into the cleaning of chairs, polishing of tableware, folding of napkins, etc. it was so nice and rare to see such pride. This makes it a must return for me. Oh, and the food was delish, served hot and presented with a special touch.

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CD
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and as always, great food!!!

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EK
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This evening was disappointing. We had friends in town and brought them to a favorite restaurant. It was so loud we couldn’t visit. Unlike other nights when the place is full it was just too crowded. Our waiter was rushed and not personable.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couple’s night

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c
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love armondos

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r
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & ambiance!! Pricey, but delicious.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious, amazing and PERFECT as always.

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P
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I generally eat here once a week. The food is consistently very good.

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D
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I could tell that this is a very popular place among the locals. The service was excellent. The house frozen was a generous size, strong and not overly sweet. I always judge a Mexican restaurant by the chips and salsa. The green sauce was delicious. I loved that the red sauce was served warm. It was good but needed salt and a bit more kick. I had Flaco’s. I loved the crispy taco. The little salsa that came with the dish was super hot! Loved that. My daughter inhaled her cheese enchiladas and my husband loved his carnitas tacos. We shared the brownie which was three large triangles with dice Ream and two sauces. If in this area again I would come back.

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JD
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Houston since 1979. In all of its incarnations. Love love love.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Armandos! Has been my favorite for over 30 years! Thank you for taking care of us! Excellent table, ambiance, service and always fun seeing Armando!

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating my son’s 18th birthday! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Looking forward to going back!

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KD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Great service.

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EJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious but I wish they would do something about the tables being so close to each other

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R
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day was perfect at Armando’s. Elegant ambience, delicious food, exceptional service and fabulous margaritas!

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DM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience from start to finish. The service was truly outstanding. The food was excellent. Looking forward to going back

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c
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Chilean Seabass served on a bed of sautéed spinach with a pineapple salsa. My husband had the red snapper which he also enjoyed. The refried beans are the bomb but probably full of bacon grease. Chips and salsa are really good homemade chips I believe. Respectable strong margaritas which is my barometer for a Solid Mexican restaurant.It’s pricey for Mexican food, but you pay for the atmosphere. Service was very good the night we went which was a Sunday. We will definitely be back

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Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always amazing. We love Armomdo’s.

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LT
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday night disco dancing is a blast along with great food and drinks.

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KK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Thank you!

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LH
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Very good food but service was lacking. Also we were sat in the "private room" area which is quieter but atmosphere not as good as main restaurant.

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IM
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Armando's delivers reliable Tex-Mex with extra attentive and professional service. (Thanks, George) The atmosphere is like a neighborhood restaurant where many patrons know each other and the servers. Tables are packed in tight, lights are low-ish. Servers in all black, tables in white. Nice ambiance for a Tex-Mex restaurant. Margaritas are thankfully not too sweet. Skinny Margarita was delicious. Tortilla chips are homemade with fried corn tortillas - thick and hearty. Red salsa is served warm and has a roasty taste. Green sauce is DIVINE> could have eaten it with a spoon. Ingredients all high-quality. We requested custom guacamole and it came in a snap, prepared in an instant. My husband had Carne Guisada. It had a redder gravy that most others, reliant on lots of chile powder. Served with authentic homemade flour tortillas, nice rice and some of the best refried beans I've had in decades (clearly also house-made). I had the Snapper Veracruzano special. At $40, it's a lot to pay for Mexican food, but it was 10 X better than the snapper I had last weekend at Pappadeaux! The filet was beautifully presented with tail still on but not a single bone. Artfully arranged with steamed fresh spinach and grilled veggies that were beautiful and edible. The portion was huge - I took it home for a whole additional meal. We will be back soon to try the fajitas. I wish Armando's was open for lunch. Keep up the good work!

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KR
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Volume loud....but had a great time.

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